Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir
One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is fifty-one. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child’s paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for
This is a revised Lolita story, told from the point of the view of the victim: it explains how an 8 year girl with a trouble...more
"This is a true,disturbing account of a child's 15 year long relationship with a pedophile.7 year old Margaux meets 51 year old Peter when she asks to play with him at a swimming pool.Peter is a pedophile with several counts of child molestation in his past.He enchants the young girl with his houseful of budgies, reptiles, hamsters, rabbits, fish and a big friendly dog. He enjoys playing children's games, and until his suicide at age 66 (when he is ill and looking...more
Some of the reviews that I saw of this book seemed to question the author's memories. There was a hint that children remember things differently from what actually happened. And while I doubt that everything happened exactly as written, I have no doubt that the crux of the sto...more
I was kind of disappointed that the book remained inconclusive. She narrates their shared history as a story of abuse and pseudo-consensual intimacy, however her need to return to her abuser - and doing so willingly - is clear all the way through. It...more
Obviously no child deserves to be abused in anyway, but the way the author portrays herself growing up is not always that of an innocent child/teen.
Margaux is a shy child with a mother with mental health problems and a cold, self absorbed father. She is b...more
Peter makes sure that Margaux understands that society disapproves of their love because of its hypocrisy. The two then agree to keep their special a secret and develope some private codes and signals by which they can communicate as lovers without...more
But then the relationship between Margaux with the aged Peter got frequently sexual (she was around 13 at this time)...more
Margaux is seven when she meets Peter at a swimming pool - she sees him playing a game...more
A great author, who confesses upfront that he wants to have sex with little girls, writes the ultimate pedophile fantasy and calls it Lolita....more
She grew up being molested - and, ultimately, falling in love, with a family friend who is fifty some years older than she is. The book goes into great detail, which makes you believe that some of it must be fabricated, because of the sheer impossibility of someone remembering conversations that took place when they were eight years old. I don't doubt the validity of this book, but some holes were filled in, that much is true.
Fragoso is a gifted writer, a...more
This is a memoir (the first memoir I have ever finished) which details a woman's memories of growing up in the thrall of a pedophile. A friend's husband recommended this to me, as it was required reading on his...more
The author has an incredible eye for...more
A quick scan down the back cover revealed it's true content:
"I still think about Peter, the man I loved most in the world, all the time ... We were friends, soul mates and lovers. I was seven. He was fifty-one. They were the happiest days of my life."
It's fair to say that I was daunted by the sub...more
Emotionally and physically abused by her overworked alcoholic father and neglected by her...more
Margaux and her mother, Sandie, began visiting Peter at his home every Monday and Friday after meeting him at the community pool. Margaux was completely taken with the large number of pets Peter kept, everything from a dog to a small alligator. Visiting Peter was a nice br...more